Furling the sail at the touch of a button can rightly be considered the height of comfort and convenience.
Now, with the Furlex 200E (Electric), Seldén is offering the luxury of push-button sailing for somewhat smaller yachts. The Furlex 200E (Electric) is intended for boats with a forestay diameter of 6 - 8 mm, i.e. yachts of about 30 ft and over.
Owners with a manual Furlex 200S system can upgrade to electric power. The control line, drum and line guard assembly are replaced with a Furlex 200E motor housing unit. The through-deck components for the cables, and the electric control box are all included in the upgrade kit.
The Furlex 200E (Electric) is built with a 12V electric motor. Power is transmitted to a worm gear via belt drive, with the worm drive geared to rotate the Furlex system luff extrusion at a ratio of 30:1. The motor uses only 30A at normal loadings. And since it takes only 30 seconds from pushing the button to fully reefed sail, power consumption is negligible.
In order to counteract overloading, the system comes with a built-in overload cut-out. If, for instance, the sail is reefed without previously releasing the sheet, the power is immediately switched off. The overload cut-out is automatically reactivated a few seconds after the In or Out buttons are released. In the event of a loss of power arising from a failure in other equipment, the sail can be reefed manually.
Seldén plans on starting series production in spring 2007.
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